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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 1:51 pm
Bucs left tackle Donald Penn has not signed his one-year RFA tender. If the Bucs exercise their option to reduce his salary to 110 percent of last year’s base salary (which GM Mark Dominik has previously indicated they’d do), then Penn could lose $100,000.
Tampa Bay has been high on Penn since they signed him as an undrafted rookie off Minnesota’s practice squad in 2006. Over the past few seasons, Penn – who is much bigger than his listed weight of 305 – has morphed his sloppy skill set and slow feet into a reliable all-around package. He engulfs pass-rushers early in downs in order to avoid facing them on an island. In the run game, he sets the edge and allows Tampa’s athletic guards to move in space.
The Bucs have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to submit a reduced offer to Penn. If they don’t submit a revised tender, he can sign their original offer.
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:03 pm
In a move that comes as no surprise, Charger stars Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson did not sign their restricted free agent tenders yesterday, meaning both men are willing to leave $2.5 million on the table to stage their protest against not having long-term contracts. Expect lengthy holdouts.
Chargers GM A.J. Smith is always willing to play hardball. He’s already brought in a temporary replacement for both players in lumbering left tackle Tra Thomas and fundamentally-sound possession receiver Josh Reed. Neither Thomas nor Reed is a great fit in San Diego’s offense, but they’re both able bodies who can hold down the fort in training camp.
As for San Diego’s third RFA, Shawne Merriman, Chargers Rapid Reporter Boyce Garrison emailed this to us:
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:31 pm
"I would like to apologize I wasn't trying to make the headlines or anything when I responded to a tweet asking what I thought about VYs ... Situation. Didn't wanna draw anymore negative attn to it. And for that I'm sorry. I wasn't tryna rip vince or anything I was jus saying ... Didn't think it was the rgt decision. Making several stupid ones myself I know how it is. I have nothing but love for the homie. ... Don't regret what I said jus nvr wanna make anyone elses situation worse."
Bennett issued this apology over multiple Tweets. In case you don’t already know, here’s the Tweet from yesterday that he is apologizing for:
"Mann I dunno wat 2 say abt VY that was childish & very unprofessional u cant do [expletive] like that when u play qb. He needs better ppl round him."
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 12:19 pm
Jets NT Kris Jenkins returned to the practice field for the first time since his October ACL surgery. Rex Ryan said the Jets are breaking him in slowly. Jenkins says he’s on the right track for training camp.
In other news, Ryan also told the NY Post that his “gut feeling” is Revis will “be a Jet for a long time”. Given Ryan's gut, you have to imagine that feeling is pretty intense….
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is covering the Jets minicamp and made a great point on Mike and Mike this morning. Paolantonio essentially said that Revis owes Rex Ryan an apology for embarrassing the coach with staged sitouts during yesterday’s practice. Ryan has been a major supporter of Revis yet wound up taking the brunt of the cornerback’s questionable negotiating ploy. Revis must remember that he’s butting heads with Mike Tannenbaum and the front office more than he’s butting heads with his coach.
Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:32 am
Oft-penalized Ravens nickelback Frank Walker, a serviceable but brash veteran who remains unsigned as a UFA, recently had a tryout with the Houston Texans. The Ravens, though thin at corner (and potentially deathly-thin, given that Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are both coming off major late-season knee injuries) clearly have no interest in retaining Walker. Recently, Baltimore welcomed cornerbacks Walt Harris and Ken Lucas in for a tryout. (Side note: Lucas struggled mightily in all phases as Seattle’s No. 2 corner last year, but it’s still somewhat surprising that the 31-year-old, who was once amongst the highest-paid corners in the league, remains unsigned).
Trying out with the Texans suggests Walker is getting desperate. Houston has fantastic depth at the cornerback position. First-round rookie Kareem Jackson is expected to start opposite last year’s fourth-round pick Glover Quin. Another second-year pro, Bryce McCain, figures to have the inside track on slot duties. That leaves Jacques Reeves (experienced veteran), Antwaun Molden (fluid athlete who’s often injured) and Fred Bennett (gifted but disliked by coaches) competing for No. 4 duties. Even if Walker were offered a contract by the Texans, it’s highly unlikely he’d make the final roster.
Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:45 am
From Bernard Berrian:
From Ben Leber:
Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:10 am
Albert Breer of the Boston Globe has a really interesting article on Wes Welker’s recovery from ACL surgery. Welker surprised everyone by cutting and running routes for a few minutes back on June 2. In this article, Rod Woodson and Philip Rivers talk about their own remarkable recoveries from knee operations.
Obviously, it wasn’t as easy as those men made it look. (Woodson, you may recall, tore his ACL in Week 1 of the ’95 season but came back for the Super Bowl; Rivers played with a torn ACL in the ’07 playoffs and, a few months later, was back on the field in Week 1 for the ’08 season. Both men played at a high level after their injuries.)
Here’s an excerpt:
Posted on: June 15, 2010 9:25 am
Edited on: June 15, 2010 1:06 pm
It’s worth examining the Green Bay Packers’ three unsigned restricted free agents. They embody the curious situation of unsigned restricted free agents. All three – cornerback Tramon Williams, defensive end Johnny Jolly and safety Atari Bigby – chose to miss the June 15 deadline, meaning they now could have their tender offers reduced.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran the numbers and reported that the Packers could reduce Williams from $3.168 million to $584,000 (i.e. 110% of his ’09 salary). Jolly could drop from $2.521 million to $589,000. Bigby’s case is unique. He stands to lose only one SUV worth of dough, dropping from $1.759 million to $1.704 million.
But besides the money, all three players are jeopardizing their short-term prosperity. Williams is presumably in contention for a starting job, given that veteran Al Harris is recovering from major knee surgery. At 27, Williams is around that age where he either blossoms as a key NFL contributor or becomes permanently viewed as a backup.
Jolly is facing a felony drug trial and could be off to prison. You’d think he’d know that this doesn’t exactly give him great leverage at this point.
As for Bigby, his starting strong safety job could go to rookie Morgan Burnett, a third-rounder who has gotten an opportunity to practice with the first unit all offseason.
The Packers could use all three of these players, but they don’t need any of them. Corners Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee and Will Blackmon have all seen the field in their short careers and could compete for Williams’s role. Second-round pick Mike Neal and ’07 first-rounder Justin Harrell are both newcomers at Jolly’s end position. And for Bigby, as just stated, there’s Burnett. It will be interesting to see how Ted Thompson goes about playing hardball here.